Molecular Genetics of Bacteria, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781555816278
ISBN-10: 1555816274
Copyright: 2013
Edition: 4th
Authors: Snyder, Larry, Peters, Joseph E., Henkin, Tina M. , Champness, Wendy,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 99
Reviewer: Harris Goodman,  MD  (Saint Francis Memorial Hospital)
Description
This is the fourth edition of an introduction to bacterial molecular genetics. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose
It is designed to explore the field of molecular genetics using model bacterial organisms. In this rapidly advancing field, a comprehensive yet understandable textbook is much needed, and this book expertly fulfills this need.
Audience
The audience includes advanced undergraduate and graduate students in biology, microbiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, and biotechnology. The four authors are all professors of microbiology, and have taught in the field of microbial genetics for many years.
Features
The book covers in significant detail bacterial DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, bacterial genetic fundamentals (e.g. plasmids, conjugation, transformation, etc.), bacteriophages, DNA repair, and much more. The text is clear and concise, and the numerous diagrams, simple and effective. Chapters are devoted to specific topics and the techniques used to study them, with concise summaries at their end. Thought-provoking questions and problems with answers are provided as well. Suggested reading lists and reference lists are thorough and complete.
Assessment
This book both educates with a historical perspective and brings students up to date in the rapidly advancing field of modern bacterial molecular genetics.
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